The Home Secretary has said an increase of burglary during a recession "is not inevitable" and people will receive the best help to protect their homes and avoid having to make a claim on their home insurance.
Jacqui Smith`s comments come ahead of a summit in London, which will bring together police, retailers, insurers and charities for elderly people, aimed at addressing the growing problem of burglary.
The most recent crime figures show break-ins at homes increased by 4%, sparking fears of a "credit crunch crimewave". A total of 69,000 break-ins were reported at homes in England and Wales from July to September last year.
But Ms Smith hopes the launch of a £1.6 million crime prevention campaign and a new internet-based test for people to check their home security will prevent the numbers from increasing further during the recession.
People who take the three-minute test will be given a safety rating for their home and offered new ways of protecting it further.
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